(Springfield, Mo.--02/27/18) A device which can save someone's life is now in more public places.
An AED, also known as a heart defibrillator, is available at all branches of the Springfield Greene County Library system.
When someone suffers from cardiac arrest, the faster a portable defibrillator is used, the better the chance that person has of surviving.
Jim Schmidt, Associate Director, Springfield Greene County Library District, tells FOX5," It would have been a great aid to have an AED unit so that’s why I’m particularly pleased we now have them in all of our facilities."
Schmidt knows first hand after responding to two individuals suffering cardiac arrests who were non-responsive.
"It would’ve made the entire process better and it would of given more tools to continue to save that person’s life that we just didn’t have available so it would’ve been a tremendous asset."
Since September 2016, the library district has reported four incident reports with a patron indicating a heart attack or cardiac arrest. That’s why libraries in Springfield are arming themselves with the life-saving tool called AED or Automated External Defibrillator.
"What we really want is the safety of our patrons that visit our buildings and our staff is paramount to us as a library district."
AEDs have become important tools that are growing in popularity across the Ozarks. The device used in conjunction with CPR can shock a person back to life if their heart suddenly stops.
Jeana Gockley, Branch Manager, Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library says,"just having them on site, we’ve been getting training in CPR and AED training for a little awhile, but not all of the locations had the AED units. So you can be trained on something until you actually have it in front of you to actually use it, it’s not as helpful.
Gockley added by having up-to-date AED's, the library will potentially be able to save lives in the event of an emergency.
"It can save somebody’s life just that impact you have saved someone’s life that’s the greatest thing."
The AEDs were funded through a $15,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation AED Fund, which provides AEDs to first responders as well as AED/CPR training in communities throughout the country. The Firehouse foundation purchased the AEDs and related equipment.